April 27, 2020
Tseng Kwong Chi, Jean-Michel Basquiat in his New York Studio, 1987
Portraits of artists in their studios offer fascinating insight into how they work and what they require to do so. This snapshot of Jean-Michel Basquiat—taken by Hong Kong-born American photographer Tseng Kwong Chi—shows the singular artist in his New York studio at 57 Great Jones Street, a former stable owned by Andy Warhol. Basquiat was known for turning anything and everything into a canvas for his neo-Expressionist paintings, drawings and collages—and his paint splattered studio, floor-based drawing set-up and scribble-adorned furnishings attest to this explosive brand of creativity.